I am more than delighted to be invited by Play 14 festival to give a two days workshop of machinima to teenagers. We will mainly use the video editor of GTA for this workshop and create movies with the game assets. I am very excited to go there as it is a very interesting event related to the many different aspects of video games, with conferences, workshops, exhibitions and possibilities to create games inside and outside. A great occasion to meet game designers, thinkers and makers! Thank you so much Nike Wilhelms for the introduction to the team!! 😉

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PLAY14 provides a large exhib:ition of innovative, creative and experimental game ideas. A special focus is on media artists creating art using different digital techniques. We will exhibit paintings related to video game culture as well as the final projects of Game Studies students. A large part of the exhibition is interactive and many pieces can be tried out.

In cinemas you will be able to see machinimas in various styles and genres from all over the world as well as from Hamburg.

If you don’t want to limit yourself to our showrooms, we recommend that you go on a ‘gaming’ city tour around Hamburg where video game companies (such as Bigpoint) and educational institutions in Hamburg will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of video game creation.

PLAY14 do-it-yourself: Invent new games and program them, shoot machinima movies inside video games, make digital games come alive in the real world by playing street games, learn what positive effects games can have in school lessons or find the right soundtrack for a game. All age groups and classes and varied interest groups are invited to visit our workshops. Choose what best suits you: all-day workshops or short courses to dabble in various fields such as game design, sound design, graphics or engines.
Those who already are familiar with games can build their favorite in-game items as large size replicas during our crafting workshops or beam themselves right into their favorite game using blue-screen compositing.

Also training tailored to fit the needs of educators will be provided: The use and integration of video games in educational contexts will be discussed and illustrated with examples.

PLAY14 will make you want to talk. Short Input Sessions and talks will be both thought-provoking and inspiring. Scientists, experts and educators will interrupt the workshops and throw light on various fields of work and topics related to the video gaming culture.

Party hard with PLAY14: Bands, poetry slammers and actors are here – on stage and on the dance floor to entertain you. On Saturday the best of PLAY14 will be presented and afterwards celebrated with some good music.

The PLAY-Conference provides a platform for talks, speeches and workshops
It will focus on the educational perspectives of video games and their implementation in lessons as well as in extracurricular contexts in different countries. Also we will discuss the political aspects of video games.

Speakers from the USA, Great Britain, Finland and Germany will outline their country’s educational situation and discuss approaches to the implementation of video games in educational processes. We invite the audience to take an active part in the discussion.

On Saturday parents can discover video games together with their children. Admission is free. Our goal is to help parents and to foster the exchange of ideas. This is why we, together with the Computerspielschule Greifswald (Video Gaming School Greifswald), are offering special events which fit the needs of families.